Before a Flood Preparation When a flood watch is issued take the following steps to ensure you will ready to evacuate should the condition escalate.
flood-warning signs and your community alert signals.
- If you
live in a frequently flooded area, stockpile emergency building materials.
These include: plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber nails, hammer and saw, pry
bar, shovels, and sandbags.
check valves installed in building sewer traps to prevent flood waters from
backing up in sewer drains. As a last resort, use large corks or stoppers
to plug showers, tubs, or basins.
the gas tank in your vehicle and map out a route to higher ground. Try to
avoid routes that cross-streams.
your vehicle with supplies, include: non-perishable food, water, first aid
kit, flashlights, blankets, dry clothing, large trash bags, battery operated
radio and extra batteries. Don't forget special needs items such as medications,
and special dietary foods.
your bathtub(s) and sink(s) with water to be used for drinking, water and
other utilities may fail.
your out-of-area phone contact. After a disaster it is often easier to call
long distance. Make sure all family members know the phone number of your
out-of-area contact person.
family members how to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
your insurance agent about the National Flood Program. Remember, homeowner's
policies do not cover flood damage.
on your NOAA Weather Radio and listen for weather updates and information.